John Hancock Investment Management announces appointment of new Independent Trustee to the John Hancock Group of Funds Board

BOSTON, MA (September 16, 2020) –John Hancock Investment Management, a company of Manulife Investment Management, announced today that, effective September 15, 2020,  Frances G. Rathke has been appointed to serve as an Independent Trustee of the John Hancock Group of Funds Board of Trustees.

“We are pleased to welcome Fran to the John Hancock Group of Funds Board of Trustees,” said Hassell H. McClellan, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. “Fran’s in-depth knowledge of corporate financials and her background in consumer brands will be a tremendous asset to our work and we look forward to her contributions.”

Through her former positions in senior financial roles at companies including Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., as a former certified public accountant, and as a consultant on strategic and financial matters, Ms. Rathke has experience as a leader overseeing, conceiving, implementing, and analyzing strategic and financial growth plans, and financial statements. Ms. Rathke also has experience in the auditing of financial statements and related materials. In addition, she has experience as a director of various organizations, including a publicly traded company and a non-profit entity.

Also, effective September 15, 2020, Ms. Rathke was appointed a member to each of the Audit, Nominating and Governance, and Investment Committees.